August 20, 2021

Two of our Librarians were recently recognized for their contributions in their respective areas of expertise. Congratulations to both Jane Fry and Heather MacDonald for their outstanding work that lead to these awards and selections.

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), an organization that provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community has honored Jane Fry, Data Services Librarian, with the 2021 William H. Flanigan Award.

Flanigan Award winner Jane Fry, active in the data community at Canada’s Carleton University for over 20 years, received an MLIS from San José State University (San José, CA) in 2014, an MA in Sociology from Carleton University in 1995, and a BA (Hons) from Carleton University in 1990. In 2018 she received the Professional Achievement Award at Carleton University for her many contributions. On a national level, Fry currently serves on the DLI External Advisory Committee (Statistics Canada), representing her data colleagues in the Ontario region, as well as nationally. She also continues to be actively involved with the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) and Portage, the research data management service of NDRIO.

In addition to substantial experience and knowledge in Data Services within an academic library, Fry also has very strong skills in research data management, data literacy, and teaching. For that reason, she is regularly invited to lead workshops on data-related topics in local, national, and international arenas. Fry is also a co-instructor for a summer course on providing data services at ICPSR.

Fry has a strong public service orientation, which leads her to be actively involved in a number of Library committees, as well as committees in the Carleton University community, and committees on the provincial, national, and international levels. This includes being co-chair of the DDI Training Working Group. From 2016 to 2020, Fry served as the Canadian member of ICPSR’s Governing Council, and she is always willing to pitch in to help train ICPSR Representatives on how to maximize their institutions’ use of ICPSR data and resources. She loves data and is always eager to discuss it with her colleagues at the Library and anywhere else.

Heather MacDonald, Health and Biosciences Librarian, has been selected as the Associate Editor (Evidence Summaries) with Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. EBLIP is a peer reviewed, open access journal published quarterly.

Evidence Summaries are an important part of EBLIP where the author(s) review a research article using a very structured format in order to provide concise evidence to assist with knowledge transfer and with the aim that readers of the summaries will use them to inform decision making. Summaries are peer reviewed before publication. If you are a reader of EBLIP you will know that Heather has written a number of Evidence Summaries during her career.